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Russell, E. S. (fl. 1861-1862) to Hannah E. Russell and friends

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.50.01 Author/Creator: Russell, E. S. (fl. 1861-1862) Place Written: Louisville, Kentucky Type: Autograph letter Date: Circa December 1861 Pagination: 3 p. ; 20.1 x 25.1 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes to wife that they are preparing to march. Describes leaving Mansfield, Ohio and traveling by train to Cincinnati, Ohio. Writes that they traveled by steamboat to Kentucky where they camped out at the edge of Louisville, Kentucky. Says that they will remain there until tomorrow; then they will travel further where they expect to run into rebels. The letter is dated December 1861, no day is given. Written on paper with an image of the American flag and the logo, "PROTECT IT."

Background Information: E. S. Russell enlisted as a private on 1 November 1861. He mustered into "G" Co. OH 65th Infantry. He died of disease on 8 May 1862 at Louisville, Kentucky.

People: Russell, E. S., fl. 1861-1862
Russell, Hannah E., fl. 1861-1865

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesSoldier's LetterUnion Soldier's LetterTravelRailroadSteamboatAmerican FlagPatriotic StationeryConfederate States of America

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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